Clinical trials are carefully designed experiments that allow scientists to test their research questions on people. They are a logical, structured way to answer questions about how to prevent, treat and cure HIV or complications associated with HIV/AIDS. Clinical trials are the most effective way for scientists to assess whether the benefits of a particular treatment outweigh its risks, and if it will improve the lives of people living with HIV.
Importance of Clinical Trials
Findings in clinical research, including studies on treatments, are helping people with HIV live longer, with improvements in quality of life that were not possible ten, five or even two years ago. People living with HIV play a particularly key role in research. They help to ensure that researchers are aware of their needs and concerns, and as participants, they give researchers the scientific information required to develop treatments.